This week we have a doubleheader. First, we speak to Emily! One of the very first Nova Scotians who was diagnosed with and has now recovered from COVID-19. Spoiler alert, it is no walk in the gosh darn park. Which is exactly why y'all need to #StayTheBlazesHome. Then we chat with Adam Kucharski - an epidemiologist, mathematician, and associate professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he works on analysis of infectious disease outbreaks. Spoiler alert, he's smart. We talk about the sobering data that is coming out surrounding the virus and what that data tells us about our future.
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Feel Good Friday is back baby!! The dudes kick off your weekend with a convo with Dr. Indy Sahota, an ER doc from Mt Sinai hospital in Toronto! Indy’s been busting mad myths about COVID-19 through daily Q&A IG stories and the gang caught up with him to ask a few more. But before they dive into the more serious stuff be prepared for some silliness. From illegal rim jobs to nasal magnets to two-year-olds drinking draino, tune in to see if Measly Intern Lauren can keep the boys in line!
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Sarah was one of the unlucky few who was struck with the stark reminder that Breast Cancer does not discriminate based on age. With no family history, an active & healthy lifestyle, and an otherwise clean bill of health… Sarah was definitely a little surprised when, at 26 years old, she heard the words “You have cancer”. From feelin' out the lump to, escaping to Hawaii for some clarity, to kicking the sh*t out of cancer in a no rules bar brawl, Sarah's journey was a big one. Big shout out to our sponsor for this week - Wicked Wiggity Wigs over in Burnside. Be sure to listen right to the end of the episode to hear the wonderful jingle that they produced exclusively for Sickboy Podcast. WIGS!
For more of Sarah's story check out her blog post over at www.sickboypodcast.com/blog
We're back for another light-hearted pick me up for your Quarantine Friday! Pour your Quarantini's and hunker down because Taylor was finally rescued from Ecuador and is finally back on Canadian soil and boy oh boy does he have a story to tell. A very very long story. But don't fret! We try and inject some humour and hope by hearing how a 70 some year old woman from Chicago is fed up and ready to kick some ass. Go get em Ms. Bonnie South Side Bonnie 2020 Chicago woman! Oh, we also take some time to get really real with past guest and palliative care physician Dr. Naheed Dosani about how COVID-19 is impacting those who are affected by homelessness!
Today on Sickboy, the guys sit down with Dr. Dawn Bowdish, a Canadian immunologist who, according to Wikipedia (and our measly intern Lauren), is a professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. She is also a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Aging & Immunity. She is known for several discoveries including the immunomodulatory properties of the antimicrobial peptide LL-37, how MARCO signalling complex recognizes Mycobacterium tuberculosis, age-associated inflammation and its effects on clearing pneumococcal pneumonia and how the ageing gut microbiome drives age-associated inflammation.... basically, she knows a hell of a lot more than we do. This is why we asked her to chat with us about COVID-19! Check it out!
This week the fellas sit down for a chat with Jerry, the founder of Microdelics, an online company that specializes in LSD microdosing. So what is Microdosing? The practice of taking tiny quantities of psychedelic drugs (such as LSD or Psilocybin) with the hope of gaining some kind of brain boost. People who microdose claim it makes them more productive, more creative and more focused. But this episode is much more than talking about tripping and the potential therapeutic positive's from psychedelics. Jerry's story is one that is worthy if it's own Netflix special. From 20 plus years of severe drug addiction, to getting clean and starting a dispensary, to cultivating and supporting a thriving community, to being busted by the feds! Buckle up and get ready for a heartfelt conversation about struggle and a hopeful story of advocacy.
Are you tired of the dire and repetitive COVID-19 news cycle? So are we! Tune in to hear Jer & Bri deliver some uplifting updates and discuss some of their favourite social isolation activities. Late night digital dance parties. Home work outs. Bri even shares some of his favourite (terrible) dad jokes. References include Band Camp support for artists. Modo Yoga online yoga classes. CTV social distancing practices and much more! Remember folks, it’s not about social distancing right now, it’s about physical distancing. Stay connected to your communities. Together we will get through this!
This week the boys and their new BFF Maia shake up an entire live audience with a live show for the ages! The fellas play a game of "Afterlife Price Is Right". What would you choose? Cryo with your willy out? Blasted into space? Or sprinkled into a vibrating dildo urn? Maia then takes everyone on a heart-wrenching story of trauma. On June 9th 2013 Maia and her mother were hit by a drunk driver. The accident resulted in years of recovery. Coma, avascular necrosis, scheduled amputation and more. Luckily for the world, Maia and her mother are still here! We hope that their story will make people think twice about getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
Upon the day of releasing this episode, Maia has just returned home from a fusion/bone marrow transplant. She is in for a long long road to recovery and could use some positive vibes and love. Go follow her on instagram - @livingnowwithmaia
It’s the end of the world as we know it. Or is it? Do we even have the rights to use that song? Anyway, Jeremie, Brian and measly intern Lauren talk COVID-19. From underestimating the effect this may have on the immunosuppressed to overstocking on toilet paper, the gang gives you an update on this rapidly evolving situation. The bottom line- it’ll be ok (boomer). Take care of yourself and the ones you love by taking precautions, using a bidet and listening to our friend Rich Aucoin’s Feel Good Playlist For Anxious Times.
Andrew Cho is an extreme athlete. He flys down mountains on his bike, constantly putting his life at risk. So when you hear he suffered a spinal chord injury you may think it was due to his extreme sport? Nope. One day he just dropped like a sack of potatoes. Fully paralyzed from the neck down by himself in a locked apartment with his phone several feet away. His story is BONKERS! If that story isn't enough, he tops it with a beautiful tale of recovery.
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This week the fellas sit down with Katie to dive head first into the world of OCD, intrusive thoughts and eating disorders! Since a young lass Katie has been battling with a catalogue full of OCD rituals and intrusive thoughts that came with their own physical manifestations. A struggle that her and her brother both had to deal with. From being convinced she was a power ranger robot to her parent's guaranteed death her mind spiralled out of control to the point of developing an eating disorder. She is doing much better these days and is even doing her Master’s, researching how overmedicalized definitions of severe mental illness affect mental health policy! Buckle up for an eye-opening conversation!
This week join the gang as Jeremie takes them on a little audio journey into the world of sleep apnea. For years Taylor has been telling Jer, "You got sleep apnea bro". So Jeremie finally booked himself an appointment at a sleep clinic. After a sleep test and some phone calls, we finally get to the bottom of whether or not Jeremie is in fact nearing death every time he dozes off to la-la land. Spoiler alert, you probably won't be surprised by the results. Big shout out to all of the guest appearances on this episode! Jer's mom, Maxine, Bryde, Bekah, Bigby and of course our friend and RT Maria!
This week Brian and Jeremie sit down with Meredith. She is pursuing her Master’s at MSVU in Dietetics and her research revolves around weight bias in healthcare. We touch on the BS of BMI, set weight, intuitive eating and more. More importantly we touch the biases that fat people face in the healthcare system. To quote Meredith, "I can argue until I am blue in the face that fat people can be healthy (which they can!), but sometimes talking about health masks the real issue, which is that people of all sizes deserve respect and fair treatment, regardless of their health status." This is is a conversation made to make you think, but what we hope everyone takes from this one is that language and compassion are everything! For more info check out Merediths blog post over at www.sickboypodcast.com/blog
This week on Sickboy, the guys sit down with Ellie to talk about epilepsy and brain surgeries! They get to the heart of what everybody is wondering: when someone is having a seizure, do you or don't you stick something in their mouth?! And also, is it sadder when an animal is epileptic or a human? Ellie thoughtfully explains the intricacies of brain surgery and neuropsychology assessments and the boys are one step closer to getting their honourary medical degrees!
This week we have something extra special. We sat down with Dina, a palliative care social worker from Montreal, to discuss the gaps in the Canadian health care system. We talk about those who financially fall through the cracks when they or a loved one becomes sick, how the federal government can do better to support those who are vulnerable and steps you can take to feel safe and secure if sh*t hits the fan!
HUGE thank you to MP's Andy Filmore, Darren Fisher and Geoff Regan and to Bionova Executive Director, Scott Moffitt, for sitting in on this important conversation!
Brian, Jer and intern Lauren sit down to discuss the hot topic that is Coronavirus 2020. From the facts to misinformation to the panic induced xenophobia and racism being spread just as fast as the virus. If you take anything from this episode: Wash your hands and don't let children sneeze into your mouth.
We have a new member with us here at Sickboy Podcast! Our homegirl Lauren who has never gotten sick once... ever. *EYEROLL* But she did bust her face wide open falling down a flight of stairs so that's a start. We also talk about topics of the utmost importance in the world of medicine. Hair growing out of eyeballs, a doctor who syphoned pee-pee out of a grown man's penis on a flight (not a kink), and Canada's latest attempt to understand how MAID should be implemented!
Adam was your average hard-working good ol' Nova Scotia boy who grew up in the country and worked heavy machinery. Until one day a small yet unfortunate fall led to a spinal injury that forever changed his life. Chronic pain, 12-hour vomiting fits, internal organ problems, major corrective surgery. Adam has been through hell and back. And although his life will never be the same, he's found solace in his sweet little piggies. We dare you to tune in to this episode and not fall deeply in love with this man.
This week we sit down and chat with KP about their experience with abortion. No matter how many times the topic is covered it still manages to hurt our uterus'. But that phantom pain is NOTHING compared to the sh*t KP faced. We dive deep into next level abortion complications, being gay as a form of birth control (use protection folks), identity issues faced with non-binary people seeking help from the "women's clinic", and all the goodies in a post-abortion gift bag!
Recorded LIVE from the 2019 Bioport Conference at Pier 21 in Downtown Halifax, the fellas sit down with world champion paralympic swimmer Andrew Haley. As a child, Andrew had cancer twice and each time was given a 35% chance to pull through. Although he lost part of his right leg, he never lost his fight. Despite the long odds he fought and won and has used that same fight all his life. Andrew truly believes that anything is possible and shows audiences that with a lot of hard work and determination you can own your destiny.
This week on Sickboy, we sit down with George Kourounis. He is an adventurer, explorer, storm chaser and defier of death. George has made his living by going to the most dangerous places on earth, and catching it all on camera so people like you and I can experience it all from the couch. We talk life, passion, fear and death with one of the most interesting men on the planet.
What is a pelvic floor? What is a kegal? Why would anyone want to have an internal vaginal or rectal exam to explore what is happening with the muscular system within your pelvis? Well, you are about to find out! Stephanie Brown is a pelvic floor physiotherapist and her whole career has been dedicated to treating patients with all manner of issues related to that special area. 5 key functions of the pelvic floor include sphincter control, organ support, core stability, sexual function and blood/lymph flow. Get ready for a hardcore anatomy lesson with someone who knows the inside of vagina's and butt holes very well.
Have you ever thought about what palliative healthcare or end of life care looks like for someone who is homeless? This is Dr. Dosani's life's work. Naheed Dosani is a palliative care physician and the lead behind Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless (PEACH). The Toronto based physician sits down with the fellas to share some hella important stories. Destigmatizing stereotypes that are very real within the medical community. The importance and beauty of relationship-centred care. Perspective on what dying on the street is can be like for some. This episode is essential. What is a life worth? Listen with your ears and hearts wide open.
Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia. Clearly a mouthful for Jeremie. This week we sit down in front of a full house at the Dalhousie Medical School to hear all about Bridgett's experience with her struggles with her own mental health. Derealization and Depersonalization sound way worser than a bad trip in the woods. Always planning for the best exit on the highway sounds maddening. Flying?! Out of the picture - unless it's a seat at the back, a Boeing 737 or Airbus 320 and include a full bar of Xanax. But on the bright side, meditation has been a game-changer.
Ischemic Stroke folks. Say it all together now - ISCHEMIC. This week Sarah Jane tells us all about her brain blood clot that caused her to have a full-blown stroke. What does one do to fix this? Welp... the docs removed a flap out of her skull, stuck it in a freezer and proceeded to tinker on her thinker. After an extended period of time in a Coma, Sarah Jane woke and had a long rough road to recovery. TO top it all off, we might as well throw in a healthy dose of Ulcerative Colitis! With a new sexy raspy voice and a new lease on life this charming Newfoundlander is living her best life and brings the laughs in Sickboy's very first House Show on the road!